Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fear of the CSS Tallahassee Strikes Conncticut

Governor William A. Buckingham of Connecticut wrote secretary Welles of the "defenselessness of Stonington."  The citizens of that city, he reported, "feel that the Tallahassee having been near them, that or some other vessel may make them a piratical visit at any hour, and urge that an ironclad be stationed in their harbor not only for their protection, but for the protection of other towns on the sound and sound steamers."

The governor's letter typified the grave concern caused by the infrequent but devastating Confederate raids along the Northern coast.

Imagine how they would have felt if they were Southerners along the coast living in constant threat of visit by Northern ships.

--Old B-Runner

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